Southern Tint

Should you tint the rear windows on your SUV?

Many SUV’s and trucks come from the factory with the rear windows tinted already. Well, technically they are “tinted”.

This is not an actual window film that is on the glass. The tinted windows in the rear are made at the factory and is inside of the glass. It can not be removed. It is similar to food coloring in water, the glass is colored. What’s wrong with that?

Nothing is wrong with that if glare reduction is your only concern.

If heat rejection and safety are concerns for you than you want to actually put a window film on those rear windows.


Window film will actually block the heat and UV rays entering the rear windows. Above that though is safety.

All of the windows in your car are made of tempered glass or “safety” glass. It is called safety glass because when it breaks it will break into very small shards instead of really large shards that cause major cuts to human skin.

The bad part is that all of these very small pieces of glass are still very sharpe and do still cause cuts.

Why does this matter to you?

If you are involved in a car accident and your rear windows break you will have thousands of tiny pieces of sharp glass all around.

Tinting the rear windows on your SUV or truck will prevent this by holding all of the glass together and minimizing the risk of injury to passengers in your car.

I have a 1 year old daughter that rides in the back of my SUV and I know that I would not want her getting cut by glass if we were to be involved in an accident.

By having the rear windows tinted on my SUV I know that the glass will stay in place if it is broken.

My advice is to just get the whole car tinted. Here’s a recap of why:

  1. Lower overall heat in the car
  2. Protect interior of car and passengers from harmful UV rays
  3. Hold glass together in the event of a car accident

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an install please give us a call at the shop (504) 281-2121.